Mercedes have confirmed that James Allison will be joining the team as their new Technical Director.
This year it seems like silly season has been as much about team personnel as it has the drivers – Pat Symonds left Williams, Frederic Vasseur left Renault and Paddy Lowe left Mercedes.
Now it’s been announced that James Allison will join Mercedes effectively as a replacement for Lowe – although he’ll be a ‘Technical Director’ whereas Lowe’s title was ‘Executive Director’. He’ll take on his new role at Mercedes at the beginning of March and report directly to Toto Wolff.
Allison is one of Formula 1’s most respected engineers and has been a part of championship winning teams in the past, first with Ferrari and then Renault. He played a big role in the success of Lotus a few years ago before moving back to Ferrari, who he left in July 2016.
Speaking about his new role at Mercedes, Allison said: “I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport. It’s a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
Toto Wolff added: “I am delighted to welcome James to Mercedes and very much looking forward to working with him. Our technical team is extremely skilled at every level and at the top of its game after delivering three world championships in a row.
“It wasn’t an easy task to find the right personality who can strengthen our experienced group of engineers, give our talented young team members the space to develop and also bring his own vision to this role. James is a sharp engineer; I think we have found the perfect guy and the right fit with our senior leaders.”